At BookExpo: New York Rights Fair Brings Its Programming With It

In News by Porter Anderson

As the BookExpo rights trading center returns to the Javits Center with the rest of the trade show—and now branded as the New York Rights Fair—a discussion series is included.

In the rights center at the New York Rights Fair, May 2018. Image: Porter Anderson

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

Three Days of Panel Presentations
As BookExpo opens today at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City, many regular trade fair attendees will be glad that the show’s rights trading center—rebranded last year as the New York Rights Fair in a buy by Publishers Weekly and BolognaFiere—will be back in place at the Javits.

Last year’s move of the rights center to the Metropolitan Pavilion almost two miles away from the Javits was an inconvenience that drew such ire that the trade show and newly dubbed “rights fair” (which had weaker foot traffic than hoped in the remote location) announced they’d co-locate with BookExpo at the Javits this year.

Perhaps the most successful element of the New York Rights Fair development wasn’t its trading area or exhibitor corridors but its programming elements.

So many will be glad to see that the programming component has remained in place as the rights center makes its return to the Javits.

On the show floor, the rights area is located in the northwest corner of the Javits complex, next to the Downtown Stage, the amplified sound from which everyone hopes won’t compete too loudly with the sound from the stage included in the rights area—a frequent problem at trade shows everywhere, not just at BookExpo.

Programming in the pink: The program area on the fourth floor of the Metropolitan Pavilion in last year’s New York Rights Fair seemed to be the best attended part of the event. Image: Porter Anderson

Here are a few highlights from today’s (May 29) New York Rights Fair programming. There’s more on Thursday and Friday and a full listing is here.

12 p.m. today (May 29) “An Inside Look: Hello Sunshine.” Jason Boog moderates a talk with Charlotte Koh and Lauren Neustadter of Reese Witherspoon’s production company about the book club.

1:15 p.m today (May 29) “International Blockbusters” is moderated by Amazon Crossing editorial director Gabriella Page-Fort with 2 Seas Agency’s Marleen Seegers; Atria Books’ Peter Borland; Claire Sabatie-Garat of the Italian Literary Agency; and agent Barbara Zitwer.

2:15 today (May 29) “Inside the World of Foreign Rights Sales and Scouting” is moderated by scout Kelly Farber with Penguin Random House’s Denise Cronin; the Gernert Company’s Rebecca Gardner; and Maria B. Campbell Associates’ Marleen Reimer.

3:15 p.m. today (May 29) “Market Focus: Brexit and the UK Book Biz—What Does It Mean?” will see that unanswerable question taken on by The Economist’s (Americas) Robert Powell; journalist Liz Thompson; Publishing Perspectives columnist Richard Charkin; and Blake Friedmann Literary Agency’s Isobel Dixon.

4:15 p.m. today (May 29) “International Literature: Promoting and Finding Audiences” Open Letter Books’ Chad Post moderates, with Michael Reynolds of Europa Editions in New York; Book Culture’s Nik Buzanski; the National Book Foundation’s Lisa Lucas; and Booker International Prize winning translator Jennifer Croft.

The combined Italian exhibitor stand at the inaugural New York Rights Fair, May 2018: the exhibitor corridors frequently seemed to have very little traffic.  Image: Porter Anderson

More from Publishing Perspectives on BookExpo is here. And more from us on the New York Rights Fair is here.

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Porter Anderson

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.